Whether your wedding date falls on a weekday or weekend, chances are part of your guest list will be attending your ceremony and reception from out-of-town. With the cost of attending a wedding now almost a week’s wage – read more about how to save money as a wedding guest – making things easier and more affordable for all your guests, including those travelling from a little further afield, is important.
Based in the glorious Essex countryside, Gosfield Hall offers the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Located just 30 minutes from Stansted Airport and easily accessible from the M11, our house and grounds provides the ultimate convenience for those travelling to tie the knot or to celebrate a loved one’s special day here. For those travelling a greater distance to attend, there are many ways the bride and groom can play the perfect hosts and make their wedding a memorable occasion for all.
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Gosfield Hall is home to 23 suites, including double rooms and family rooms, meaning your nearest and dearest can sleep comfortably after a long, fun filled day celebrating your love. Accommodating your out-of-town guests at nearby accommodation is equally as important. Many hotels, guest houses and B&Bs provide discounted room rates for block bookings, which can save your out-of-town guests lots of money. Make enquiries about what’s available in the area and what discounted rates your guests can look forward to if they decide to extend their stay.
Provide complimentary transport
Getting your wedding guests from A to B is another important consideration. Whilst you can’t provide a taxi service for all, offering a free shuttle service to your venue from one or two pick-up locations will ensure your guests can truly let their hair down instead of argue over who will be the designated driver.
Give them a welcome gift
Comforting the travel weary and jet lagged isn’t easy, but with a little prep you can show your appreciation for their attendance. Welcome goodie bags are lovely surprises that are sure to be cherished, as Brides describes:
“Greet your arriving out-of-town wedding guests with a care package of hand-picked items to help them feel right at home in their hotel rooms. Be sure to include a mix of essential items (water, snacks, local maps) and just-for-fun treats and you’ll create the perfect kick-off to the wedding weekend… Bottled water is a must — guests will appreciate not having to shell out for expensive mini-bar water — but don’t forget the booze. Some ideas: a miniature bottle of champagne, bottles of locally brewed beer, or some other beverage unique to your locale.”
In addition to providing local maps and attraction information – wedding weekends can also double as mini-breaks – don’t forget to include your wedding itinerary in your guest welcome bags to keep everyone in the loop. The contact information of the bride and groom’s families is another worthwhile addition, whilst a personal thank you note provides the perfect finishing touch.